You probably could have guessed based on the social media overload that we’re super excited about these chocolate holiday trees. The possibilities–colors! sprinkles! glitter!–go on and on. Here we’ve created just four different finishes (believe me–I could have made a hundred), but don’t be limited to these. Let your imagination run wild and be sure to share your creations with us!
Once your trees have setup completely, you’re ready to decorate them. Remember that these are suggestions only. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
Probably my favorite of the four, the gold dip trees are chic, trendy, and totally unexpected. Liquify your favorite gold highlighter with vodka, grain alcohol, or lemon extract. Paint on trees in one direction at an angle. Allow to dry before handling.
You will need piping gel, a medium sized food-use only paint brush, and multiple sizes of silver dragees. Keep the dragees on the smaller side so they cover more surface area. Larger dragees leave too much white showing. To apply, brush white chocolate trees with a generous amount of piping gel and roll in dragees. Allow piping gel to dry overnight before handling.
WHITE ON WHITE
The classic monochromatic color palette. We like our trees with multiple textures, including nonpareils, chocolate shavings (not shown), sanding sugar, and coconut, but you could certainly stick with just one. Paint trees with a generous amount of piping gel and roll in the finish of your choice. Allow piping gel to dry before handling.
Place peppermint candies in a ziplock bag and hit with hammer or mallet until broken up into small pieces. This can also be done in a food processor. Brush a generous amount of piping gel on trees and roll in peppermint pieces. Allow piping gel to dry overnight before handling. Use extra pieces to decorate cake stand as seen below.
Assemble trees on top of cake and fill in with a generous amount of shaved chocolate to mimic snow.